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COSATU mourns the death of Cde Fidel Castro

The Congress of South African Trade Unions joins millions of people around the world to mourn the passing away of one of twentieth century's foremost revolutionaries, the former president of CUBA, Cde Fidel Castro.

Cde Castro reshaped the world and his influence and charisma inspired people from all corners of the world and formed a bulwark against Western colonialism and American imperialism.

Cde Fidel Castro's passing happened at a very significant time, when we are marking 28 years since the glorious Battle of Cuito Cuanavale that took place in south-eastern Angola from September 1987 to July 1988.

This battle pitted the victorious combined offensive of the Angolan army {FAPLA}, SWAPO, Russians, MK and the internationalist Cuban forces against the Apartheid army and their imperialist backers. This battle represented a pivotal role in the struggle against apartheid because it broke the apartheid regime's back and heralded the liberation of both Namibia and South Africa.

Every revolution's success can only be determined by the extent to which it concretely improves the quality of life for the majority of the people, the poor in particular. In this regard, Cde Castro's leadership erased illiteracy, introduced an advanced health system that has been acknowledged as amongst the best in the world, which together with other gains led to the life expectancy of Cuba improving from 59 years, in 1959 when the revolution triumphed to 89 years today. This is an equivalent of the most developed countries ,who have massive resources at their disposal.

We fully agree with the call made by our affiliate NEHAWU for the South African Government to lower our flags at half-mast for the next seven days, in honour of this for this revolutionary icon.
COSATU will continue to support the Cuban people in their quest for peaceful co-existence and territorial integrity and sovereignty of their country and the world as a whole. We reiterate our demands for an immediate end to the US embargo against Cuba.

Issued by COSATU

Sizwe Pamla (National Spokesperson)
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